Thursday, January 26, 2017
A-Z Reading List: N-Z
This second half of the alphabet was more difficult. I had to really think about words that connected to reading. I think I did a pretty good job, if you ignore X and Z. Those shouldn't count, though, right?
**If you missed yesterday's post, check it out here!
N-- New books are my addiction. I assume that many of you reading this know what I'm talking about here. :)
O--Recently, I've discovered Overdrive which is amazing! Seriously. You can connect to your publish library if they participate, or you can get it through other sources. I started using SYNC this summer as they offer free YA audiobooks during the summer only. Then I discovered my library also used this. Great way to have digital access to books and save some money. (Is my husband reading this? I am saving money on books sometimes!)
P--Mrs. P-- was my high school English teacher who made me believe that I might actually be good at reading and writing. I didn't just WANT to be good, but someone believed I was. When I said I was going to major in creative writing in college, she was on of the few people who didn't question if that was a valid major. Confidence was not exactly my strong suit in high school, but I felt like I knew what I was doing in her classroom.
Q-- Queen Levana: She's as evil as they come. She terrifies me. Marissa Meyer did an amazing job of making her truly scary--especially after reading Fairest! When you read a novel from the villain's point of view, you expect for them have a little redemption, some understanding for how or why they chose to do this. Yeah...evil. Here's my review of Fairest.
R--Raymie Nightingale--Both the book and the character are new favorites of mine. Raymie has such determination, but so much to learn. Here's my review of Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo.
S-- Star Wars isn't exactly a reading word. It has more connection to movies and to the characters. But I remember being a kid and so into Star Wars that I found a series of books that continued the story. Yes! And then I thought, if they could write their own sequels, why can't I? So I started writing (a very terrible) Episode VII. I believe it has been lost and it's probably a good thing now. :)
T-- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir-- So I know that the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, was in the first section for E; however I just can't not list this book right now. It was a perfect sequel! My review for An Ember in the Ashes.
U-- Unhappy is how I feel when I can't seem to fit in time to read on a regular basis. Not reading truly affects the way I feel. I'm grumpy and irritable until I find time to just relax and sink into a book. That's why I sometimes stay up too late to read--because being tired the next day is way better than being a crabby and unfulfilled person in life.
V-- Vivian Apple--I love her! I started listening to Vivian Apple at the End of the World without any expectations and completely fell in love with it! I haven't read or listened to the second one, but it'll be up next on my audible list. Here is my review of Vivian Apple.
W-- The Weasleys in Harry Potter are awesome--except for Percy, he's annoying. Who doesn't want to be adopted into their family and allow Molly Weasley to dote on them?
X--Xtra reading time at school! (It's a stretch, I know). I love it when I surprise my students with extra reading time. They love it, I love it. Who doesn't love a few minutes more of reading?
Y-- Young Adult books are my weakness. I love them. I should be reading more middle grade books since I teach that age group, but I love love love YA! I am an adult, but I remember what it was like to be a young adult and at times I feel like one too. Can't convince me that I'm truly an adult--even at 35.
Z--One of my guilty pleasures is reading zombie books. I haven't read one in awhile, but one that sticks out to me is Warm Bodies--the book, not the movie. I also enjoy zombie movies. I'm pretty certain that if there was a zombie apocalypse, I wouldn't survive, but who knows. Maybe I've read and watched enough to make sure that I outrun and outsmart those zombies!